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Tolstoy, Leo (Tolstoi)

Published by William S. Gottsberger, New York (1886)

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Item Description: William S. Gottsberger, New York, 1886. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. 1st Edition. First Editions, First Printings with all the title-pages dated 1886 and with the proper Gottsberger imprint on versos. A magnificent copy bound in the ORIGINAL publisher's brown cloth. Each book is in great shape. The bindings are tight with NO cocking or leaning and the boards are crisp. There is NO writing, marks or bookplates in the book. The books appear UNREAD. Overall, a spectacular set of this First edition in English housed in a custom clamshell slipcase for preservation. We buy Leo Tolstoy First Editions. Bookseller Inventory # ABE-14463671240

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Tolstoy, Leo

Published by William S. Gottsberger, New York (1886)

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Item Description: William S. Gottsberger, New York, 1886. First American Edition. Three volumes in six, complete. First issue, with 1886 on the title page and the Gottsberger publisher's imprint on the copyright page of each volume. Translated from the French by Clara Bell. Publisher's brown cloth with decorative stamping in black and gilt. Near Fine with only the most minute rubbing at the spine ends, housed in three custom slipcases. A beautiful, unrestored set of one of the greatest Russian novels ever published. Bookseller Inventory # 121560

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Item Description: New York: William S. Gottsberger, 1886, 1886. 3 works in 6 volumes, small octavo. Original brown cloth, titles and decoration to spines and front board in gilt and black, brown coated endpapers. Housed in a grey cloth slipcase. Ends and corners lightly rubbed, some hinges superficially starting with occasional expert and nearly invisible repair but all holding strong, leaves a little toned but all in excellent condition. First editions in English, first printings (with all title pages dated 1886 and the corrected Gottsberger imprint to versos), translated into English by Clara Bell (1835–1927). Gottsberger published Tolstoy's masterpiece as a trilogy of individual two volume novels, issued separately in uniform cloth at $1.75, which together form the complete work. An exceptionally nice set. Bookseller Inventory # 86888

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Tolstoy] Tolstoi Leo

Published by New York William S. Gottsberger 1886 (1886)

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Item Description: New York William S. Gottsberger 1886, 1886. 6 volumes. First edition in English, First Issue of each volume with the proper dating and Gottsberger imprint to the verso of each title-page. 8vo, publisher’s original brown cloth lettered in gilt on the spines, with black tooled borders and gilt pictorial decorations in all over designs to the covers. 322, [6 ads]; 357, [2 ads]; 321; 270, [10 ads]; ii, 290, [10 ads]; 391. A very pleasing set of this rare survival. The original cloth remains in quite good condition, the hinges are strong and tight, some light edgewear to expected areas of the cloth, the tips and the spine ends just a bit rubbed primarily from shelving, two volumes with a bit more wear to the tips of the spines than the others. Ads comport with those in the copy at Harvard University. RARE FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH. A COMPLETE SET OF FIRST ISSUE VOLUMES, ALL IN ORIGINAL BINDINGS AND IN A PLEASING STATE OF PRESERVATION. Tolstoy’s epic of the Napoleonic wars has few peers in world literature; John Galsworthy described it as "the greatest novel ever written." E. M. Forster, in his Aspects of the Novel , declared that "(N)o English novelist is as great as Tolstoy, that is to say, has given so complete a picture of man’s life, both on its domestic and heroic side." Similarly, De Vogüé, the "greatest French authority on Russian literature.remarks that:.’ It is a faithful picture of life: the experience of a traveller thrown among a society new to him--constraint and boredom at first, then curiosity and at last a firm attachment. I admit sotto voce that I know nothing superior to it in any literature.’" War and Peace can be said to stand "at the crucial point where the modern novel begins." Tolstoy’s immediate predecessors in the development of the modern novel were the great French analytical novelists of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Rousseau and Stendhal, who influenced Tolstoy greatly. Tolstoy registered this change in distinguishing his method--the point of view method--from the old dramatic method, such as found in Dostoevsky. Very loosely, the point of view method did not simply relate words and actions of characters, as in the dramatic method, but provided psychological insight as to why characters thought and acted the way they did. "Tolstoy in War and Peace transcends the limit of the novel and does what had previously been done by the epic. Thus War and Peace has to be put in a group not with Madame Bovary, Vanity Fair, or the Mill on the Floss, but with the Iliad, in the sense that when the novel is finished nothing is finished--the stream of life flows on, and with the appearance of Prince Andrew’s son the novel ends on the beginning of a new life." ‘Tolstoy’s original intention was to recount the Decembrist movement which culminated in the revolt of 1825 and was the predecessor to the "back to the people" movement of the seventies and the revolutionary movements that culminated in the communist overthrow of tsarist power in 1917. However, when Tolstoy began to investigate the Decembrist conspiracy, he began to delve deeper into the historical events preceding it. That is, to the French invasion in 1812 and the Russian events leading up to the invasion. Although Tolstoy was interested in the role that the Masons played in opposing tsarist power, these parts were probably made ambiguous by the censors of the time.’. Bookseller Inventory # 24555

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TOLSTOY, Leo

Published by New York William S. Gottsberger (1886)

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Item Description: New York William S. Gottsberger, 1886. First Edition in English of "War and Peace" TOLSTOY, Leo. War and Peace. A Historical Novel. Translated into French by a Russian Lady and from the French by Clara Bell. Revised and Corrected in the United States. New York: William S. Gottsberger, 1886. First edition in English, first printing, with all title-pages dated 1886 and with the proper Gottsberger imprint on versos. Six small octavo volumes (6 3/16 x 4 7/16 inches; 157 x 114 mm). [2, blank], [2], 322, [6, ads], [2, blank]; [2, blank], [2], 357, [1, blank], [2, ads], [2, blank]; [2, blank], [2], 321, [3, blank]; [2, blank], [2], 270, [10, ads], [2, blank]; [2, blank], [2], ii, 290, [10, ads], [2, blank]; [2, blank], [2], 391, [3, blank] pp. Original dark brown cloth with front cover decoratively stamped in black and gilt and lettered in gilt, back cover decoratively stamped in black, and spine ruled in black and gilt and decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. Original brown coated endpapers. Minimal rubbing to spine extremities. Housed in a custom tan open ended cloth slipcase. Overall a very nice copy. "The heart of this drama is the metamorphosis of five families, some peasant, some aristocratic, amid the backdrop of the Napoleonic Wars. Each individual is immersed in experiences and conversations elucidating Tolstoy's themes of self-sacrifice and self-indulgence, anguish and ecstasy, diplomacy and deception, and religion and perdition. The complexities of character and plot are sometimes enigmatic, and names are often exhausting to recollect, but the genius of this book is everlasting. An entire universe is created by one of the foremost thinkers of the 19th century" (B. Mann). Harris, p. 152. HBS 67130. $12,500. Bookseller Inventory # 67130

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Tolstoy, Leo

Published by William S. Gottsberger (1886)

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Item Description: William S. Gottsberger, 1886. Paperback. Book Condition: Collectible: Acceptable. First Edition. First American edition, extremely scarce issue in wraps. Three volumes in six. (First set: Before Tilsit) 322 pp. [1 ad]; 357 pp; (Second set: The Invasion) 321 pp.; 270pp. [9]; (Third set: Borodino) 290 pp. [4], 391 pp. [6]. 1st printing with dated title page and the publisher's imprint on all copyright pages. Wrappered (paperback) issue. This issue is mentioned in Bowker's The Annual American Catalogue of 1886, pg. 176. Follows a British edition by Vizetelly which omitted certain passages. Translated from the French edition by Clara Bell. Condition: Fair to poor condition. All six volumes are present with complete text blocks but all of the spines and some of the end papers (including some ads) and wraps are missing. Given the extremely fragile nature of these volumes, this is not too surprising. A previous owner numbered the volumes on their first remaining page in pencil. Text blocks are actually clean and in not in too bad of shape. Bindings often loose at ends. Volumes one and four are missing their wraps entirely. Volume two has a back cover. Volume six has front cover, creased and torn Volume two has a front cover. Volume three has both front and back covers and a bit of its spine. An exceptionally scarce first wrappered issue of the first complete English-language translation of Tolstoy's masterpiece. They are largely identical to the hardcover issue, as far as we can tell, but with different bindings; originally they retailed separately for 50 cents each. We have not yet been able to find any evidence of any other surviving sets of this issue, institutionally or for sale. We have opted to leave the volumes completely unrestored and partially disbound, as we purchased them, leaving rebinding options up to the buyer. Bookseller Inventory # 140905107

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TOLSTOY, Leo.

Published by London: Walter Scott, [1889] (1889)

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Item Description: London: Walter Scott, [1889], 1889. 4 volumes, octavo. Original blue diaper cloth, titles to spines gilt, titles and Romanov eagle to front boards gilt. Spines gently rolled with a few minor tears to tails, extremities lightly rubbed and bumped, sporadic pale marking to spines and boards, endleaves foxed; inner hinges of Vol. II cracked but holding well. A very good set. First complete translation into English from the Russian, the work of the American editor and translator Nathan Haskell Dole (1852–1935). This English issue omits the preface to the American edition but retains Dole's editorial footnotes. Walter Scott reissued the work in two volumes in 1897. The English translation was preceded by Vizetelly's truncated version and by Clara Bell's translation from the French, both 1886. Dole was the editor of Tolstoy's Collected Works (20 volumes, 1899). Bookseller Inventory # 97242

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TOLSTOY, Leo.

Published by London: Walter Scott, 1889 (1889)

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Item Description: London: Walter Scott, 1889, 1889. 4 volumes, octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spines gilt, titles and Romanov eagle to front boards gilt. Spines gently rolled, extremities lightly bumped and rubbed, endleaves foxed, Vols. I & IV with pale marking to boards; Vol. I toned at spine, slightly rubbed along front joint with stitching slightly strained in places but holding fine, tear to Vol. II pp. 205-9 with no loss to text. A very good set. First complete translation into English from the Russian, the work of the American editor and translator Nathan Haskell Dole (1852–1935). This English issue omits the preface to the American edition but retains Dole's editorial footnotes. Walter Scott reissued the work in two volumes in 1897. The English translation was preceded by Vizetelly's truncated version and by Clara Bell's translation from the French, both 1886. Dole was the editor of Tolstoy's Collected Works (20 volumes, 1899). Bookseller Inventory # 97226

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Tolstoy Leo; Tolstoi, Count Lyof N.

Published by London Vizetelly & Co. [n.d. ca. 1887] (1887)

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Item Description: London Vizetelly & Co. [n.d. ca. 1887], 1887. 3 volumes. First English Edition, early issue. (The slug notes a "Third Edition", but the sheets of these earliest printings were run from the original type-settings and were not changed). 8vo, handsomely bound in three-quarter period maroon morocco over marbled boards. vii, 429; 360; 387 pp. A handsome copy and a very pleasing set. Rarely encountered, this is a fine early printing of the First English Edition of Tolstoy’s greatest novel. VERY SCARCE HANDSOMELY BOUND PRINTING OF THIS GREAT CLASSIC, VERY WELL PRESERVED. Tolstoy’s epic of the Napoleonic wars has few peers in world literature; John Galsworthy described it as "the greatest novel ever written." E. M. Forster, in his Aspects of the Novel , declared that "(N)o English novelist is as great as Tolstoy, that is to say, has given so complete a picture of man’s life, both on its domestic and heroic side." Similarly, De Vogüé, the "greatest French authority on Russian literature.remarks that:.’ It is a faithful picture of life: the experience of a traveller thrown among a society new to him--constraint and boredom at first, then curiosity and at last a firm attachment. I admit sotto voce that I know nothing superior to it in any literature.’" (intro) The Maudes' translation was first published in the World Classics series in 1933 and is based on Tolstoy's own final revisions. War and Peace an be said to stand "at the crucial point where the modern novel begins." Tolstoy’s immediate predecessors in the development of the modern novel were thegreat French analytical novelists of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, Rousseau and Stendhal, who influenced Tolstoy greatly. Tolstoy registered this change in distinguishing his method--the point of view method--from the old dramatic method, such as found in Dostoevsky. Very loosely, the point of view method did not simply relate words and actions of characters, as in the dramatic method, but provided psychological insight as to why characters thought and acted the way they did. "Tolstoy in War and Peace transcends the limit of the novel and does what had previously been done by the epic. Thus War and Peace has to be put in a group not with Madame Bovary, Vanity Fair, or the Mill on the Floss, but with the Iliad, in the sense that when the novel is finished nothing is finished--the stream of life flows on, and with the appearance of Prince Andrew’s son the novel ends on the beginning of a new life." ‘Tolstoy’s original intention was to recount the Decembrist movement which culminated in the revolt of 1825 and was the predecessor to the "back to the people" movement of the seventies and the revolutionary movements that culminated in the communist overthrow of tsarist power in 1917. However, when Tolstoy began to investigate the Decembrist conspiracy, he began to delve deeper into the historical events preceding it. That is, to the French invasion in 1812 and the Russian events leading up to the invasion. Although Tolstoy was interested in the role that the Masons played in opposing tsarist power, these parts were probably made ambiguous by the censors of the time.’. Bookseller Inventory # 22279

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Tolstoi, Count Lyof N. ( Tolstoy, Leo )

Published by Walter Scott, London (1889)

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Item Description: Walter Scott, London, 1889. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Translated by Nathan Haskell Dole, the first British edition. Published by Walter Scott in 1889. Bound in four octavo volumes, dark blue cloth with lettering and embellishments in gold. A very good set with a touch of wear to the extremities. Toning to the end sheets and light foxing to the preliminaries, prior owner's signature to each volume. Catalog to the rear of each volume. A very good set, four volumes, first edition. Bookseller Inventory # 006058

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Tolstoy, Leo

Published by Gottsberger (1886)

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Item Description: Gottsberger, 1886. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. The first two volumes, published in one book, of the six volume set of the first US edition of this classic. 1886 on title page. This is the first two volumes that were published, followed by four more to complete the entire work. Housed in a collector's slipcase. Bookseller Inventory # 1306164

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Tolstoi, Leo (Tolstoy)

Published by William S. Gottsberger, NY (1886)

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Item Description: William S. Gottsberger, NY, 1886. Hard Cover. First Edition. First US edition of the second part (The Invasion 1807 - 1812), issued in two volumes. War and Peace was issued by this publisher in 6 volumes. These are the third and fourth volume of the six volume set. Both books are very good to very good+ in the original cloth binding. Dark brown cloth with black decorations around the edges of the boards, with a gilt title and illustration on the front board, and gilt lettering on the spine. Volume I has spots of wear at the spine ends, and the tips of the corners are turned slightly inward. The gilt on Volume I's spine is not quite as bright as the gilt on Volume II. The pages in both volumes are slightly darkened, and there is a bookplate on the front pastedown of each volume. Hinges are tight and the books are tight and square. Bookseller Inventory # 020865

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FREEDMAN, Barnett (illustrates). TOLSTOY, Leo.

Published by The Limited Editions Club, New York. (1938)

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Item Description: The Limited Editions Club, New York., 1938. First edition thus. Octavo. Six volumes. Numerous full-page colour lithographs and black and white drawings in the text, as well as colour endpaper and cover designs by Barnett Freedman. Introduced by Aylmer Maude. Translated by Louis and Aylmer Maude. Printed by Robert Maclehose & Co. Ltd, The University Press, Glasgow. One of the great illustrated books of the Twentieth Century.One of 1500 numbered sets signed by the illustrator.Minor scuffing to the spines. Very good indeed in very marked, rubbed and cracked slipcases. Bookseller Inventory # FREEDMAN022991

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TOLSTOY, LEO.

Published by London: The Folio Society, 1971. First Folio Society edition. (1971)

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Item Description: London: The Folio Society, 1971. First Folio Society edition., 1971. Thick octavo. 1430 pages. Illustrated with over 300 reproductions of drawings by Feliks Topolski. Fine (as new) in original full goatskin leather, blocked with a design by Jeff Clements commissioned exclusively for this edition and inspired by sketches of troop positions. Presented in a buckram-bound solander box, together with a booklet, 'What is War and Peace?' by John Bayley. Limited edition, numbered 1004 of 1750 copies. Heavy set, will require extra postage. Bookseller Inventory # 19257

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Count Lyof Tolstoi [Leo Tolstoy]

Published by London: Vizetelly & Co., 42 Catherine Street, Strand (1886)

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Item Description: London: Vizetelly & Co., 42 Catherine Street, Strand, 1886. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. 1st Edition. A half calf rebound first English printing of Tolstoy's classic (1886 stated on Title Page; printed by Bradbury, Agnew & co.). This translation was based on the earlier French edition and was issued in three volumes in 1886 (please note this listing is for Volume 1 only). 12mo (approx 7 x 4.75 inches / 18.5 x 12cm), 429 + [ blank] pages with no advertisements. Light to moderate external wear, boards firmly attached with endpaper hinges fully intact, text block mostly sound (no detached pages), no inscriptions, significant to heavy foxing to the plain reverse of the endpapers and to the first and last few pages, intermittent mostly light internal foxing / soiling (moderate to significant foxing to p12-30 and p420-5, 1cm / half inch closed tear to the top edge of page 377 - text not affected), overall internally Good. Please contact us for a detailed condition report and additional / larger photographs. Bookseller Inventory # 3988

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Tolstoy, Leo

Published by Limited Editions Club, Glascow (1938)

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Item Description: Limited Editions Club, Glascow, 1938. Hard Cover in Slip Case. Book Condition: Very Good. Freedman, Barnett (illustrator). Limited Editions Club. Orange illustrated boards, each volume with a different person portrait picture on cover; Volumes have light sctach marks down some area of spine; Spine has some wear to bottom edge; Edges have some wear; Contains many color illustrations; Endpapers have lovely illustrations; Slipcases are in good condition; Slipcase edges have some soil and rubbing down; Slipcase top has some stains and one as white paint marks; Slipcase covers have some specs of soil and scratches; Slipcase has stamp on bottom which states, "Made in Britain"; Slipcase interior has some scattered foxing, as does the spine label; Limited edition number 1163 of 1500, SIGNED by illustrator, who ALSO inked his THUMB next to signature; Signed by Illustrator. Bookseller Inventory # 005615

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Tolstoy, Leo

Published by Franklin Library, Franklin Center, Pennsylvania (1984)

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Item Description: Franklin Library, Franklin Center, Pennsylvania, 1984. Hardcover. First Edition; First Printing. Fine, Accented in 22kt gold, printed on archival paper with gilded edges, smyth sewing & concealed muslin joints. Bound In full leather with hubbed spines. Pristine. A Limited Edition.; Franklin Library the Great Books of the Western World Series; 8vo 8" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 62319

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Leo Tolstoy, Tolstoi

Published by Dent, UK (1904)

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Item Description: Dent, UK, 1904. Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good+. New Edition. New Edition 1904. Translated by Leo Wiener from the original Russian. Part of the works of Leo Tolstoy but complete in the four volumes. Fouteen plates within the books. Complete four volumes in original decorative cloth. Books are very good+ with bright boards. Spine a little lightened. Edges lightly rubbed. A few light surface marks. Contents good. Very un-common set. More images can be taken upon request. Ref 10688 Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 012814

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Leo Tolstoy, Tolstoi

Published by Walter Scott, UK (1900)

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Item Description: Walter Scott, UK, 1900. Cloth. Book Condition: Very Good ++. E H Garrett (illustrator). New Edition. New Edition Circa 1900. Undated. Four volumes bound up as two. Five plates by E H Garrett. Bound in the original cloth. Books are very good++ with bright boards.Edges lightly rubbed. Spines a little un-even. Contents good. Light foxing and age toning to some pages. Very un-common set. More images can be taken upon request. Ref11066 Size: 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 013086

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Tolstoy, Leo; Edmonds, Rosemary (Translated with an Introduction by); Bayley, John (Booklet by)

Published by The Folio Society, London (2006)

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Item Description: The Folio Society, London, 2006. Hard Cover. Book Condition: As New. Topolski, Felix (Drawings by); Clements, Jeff (Cover design by) (illustrator). Limited Edition Reprint. No.1253 of 1750 limited edition There are 2 items within a minimally marked black cloth covered/gilt titled presentation box with a black/gilt interior: "War and Peace" is bound in maroon Wassa goatskin blocked with a black/grey/gilt design; there is an attached grey fabric bookmark; gilt to inside covers/eps; gilt to page top edges: There is a small 12 page booklet with gilt soft covers entitled: "What is War and Peace?" by John Bayley. Other than slipcase, As New. The price includes an allowance for any extra UK P&P - the item weighs well in excess of 3.2kg. Overseas buyers should contact the seller direct to negotiate appropriate P&P fees. Bookseller Inventory # 8446

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Tolstoy, Leo

Published by Folio Society, London (2006)

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Item Description: Folio Society, London, 2006. HC, Full Maroon Dec Leather. Book Condition: Fine to As New. Limited Edition. 8vo 9-1/8 x 6. Black clamshell, housing book and booklet, 1430 pp, dec goatskin binding cover & spine, drawings & vignettes throughout. Ltd #1045 of 1750. 8vo 9-1/8 x 6. Bookseller Inventory # 001311

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Leo Tolstoy

Published by The Folio Society, UK (2014)

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Item Description: The Folio Society, UK, 2014. Hardcover, Slipcased. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: None issued. Igor Karash (illustrator). 1st Edition. Signed, dated and remarqued by the illustrator Igor Karash Synopsis : Among the most influential novels of all time, Leo Tolstoy¿s War and Peace is set against the great political events surrounding Napoleon¿s attempted invasion of Russia in 1812. Boasting over five hundred characters, the sprawling narrative focuses on the fortunes and struggles of five aristocratic families. Featuring both real and fictional protagonists, from lowly foot soldiers to Napoleon himself, Tolstoy weaves a literary and historical epic that has never been equaled. This edition features the highly acclaimed 2007 translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. Much criticism has been levelled against previous attempts to ¿anglicise¿ and ¿smooth¿ Tolstoy¿s often idiosyncratic prose. Here the translation remains as close as possible to the original language. Tolstoy¿s tendency towards repetition, which, as critic and author James Wood writes in his new preface, he uses ¿almost liturgically, or psalmically¿, was removed in earlier Victorian translations as it did not fit the mould of what was considered ¿good writing¿. As Pevear states in his introduction, ¿We have tried to be true to Tolstoy¿s rhetorical power, his sharp irony, and his astonishing delicacy.¿ Igor Karash¿s poignant illustrations, 15 in each volume, including two double-page spreads, often spill out of their margins. Much like the prose, the images are both intimate and sweeping, mirroring the expansive nature of Tolstoy¿s history, and the individual¿s place within it. This edition also features a striking binding design with the spines blocked in gold and coloured page tops and 30 colour illustrations by Igor Karash. It is a fine edition of one of the great masterpieces of world literature. A sprawling social panorama, a brilliant work of historical philosophy, a masterpiece of Russian storytelling ¿ Tolstoy¿s magnum opus has always evaded classification. Homeric in tone and biblical in scope, it is unquestionably one of the most important books ever written. From the flash of a smile at a genteel Petersburg soirée to the sweeping arm of la grand armeé tugging at the very fabric of Europe, the details that Tolstoy draws on in his writing are as varied and boundless as Russia itself. As the journalist Isaac Babel commented after turning the last page, ¿If life could write, it would write like Tolstoy.¿ Told predominantly through the lives of the Rostov and Bolkonsky families, and the naive aristocrat Pierre Bezukhov, the story spans the years 1805 to 1812, as Napoleon¿s armies draw inexorably closer to the heart of Russia. Under the gathering darkness of war, Tolstoy brings to life some of literature¿s richest characters: the impulsive, beguiling Natasha Rostov, the proud and ambitious Prince Andrei Bolkonsky, and the guileless Pierre Bezukhov, searching for spiritual fulfilment. This enthralling epic follows the interconnected marriages, affairs, heartbreaks and struggles of these very different aristocratic families, as Tolstoy uses the building blocks of strained partings and emotional reunions, deaths and loves, to shape his all-pervading masterpiece. The complexities of 19th-century Tsarist society are set against the chaos and terrors of war in a cinematic narrative that sweeps across the vistas of Austerlitz, Borodino¿s bloody fields and the burning city of Moscow. Tolstoy¿s descriptions, drawn from his own experience in the Crimean War, are chillingly real, and convey an astonishing level of detail, from the horrors of amputation to the panic and disbelief felt in the heat of the cavalry charge. As James Wood writes in his newly commissioned preface, Tolstoy aimed to ¿correct the ¿official¿ record ¿ truth, you feel, is being battled for, with whatever literary weapons come to hand¿. Tolstoy deftly weaves historical discourse with fictional prose, consistently subverting our traditional understanding of genre. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # 001259

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Tolstoy , Leo

Published by The Limited Editions Club, Printed at Glasgow University Press (1938)

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Item Description: The Limited Editions Club, Printed at Glasgow University Press, 1938. Pub's Printed Cloth. Book Condition: VG. Barnett Freedman (illustrator). 1st Thus. Octavo. On the half-title is the inked inscription " To my friend David [Bland] This first poor proof volume from Barnett [Freedman],Feb. 1946".There must be a good explanation for this slightly baffling inscription - if anyone out there knows the answer,please tell me,& I'll amend this entry accordingly.The cloth is rubbed at the head & foot of the spine,& on the corners.Four small,very pale splash marks are visible on the upper cover.The front free endpaper & the half-title are both creased,but the book is otherwise in fine state internally.Please note that this the first volume only of a six volume set. Octavo. Inscribed By Barnett Freedman. Bookseller Inventory # 21710

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Tolstoy, Leo translated by Louise and Alymer Maudewith Illustrations by Barnett Freedman

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Item Description: The Limited Editions Club, 1951. Hardbound. First as such. one of 1500 numbered sets signed [with a thumbprint] by Freedman minor wear to the extremities else a very good set in worn and age darkened slipcases. Bookseller Inventory # 60979

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Tolstoy, Leo [Translation By Louise And Aylmer Maude, New Introduction By Aylmer Maude]

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Item Description: The Limited Editions Club / University Press, Glasgow, 1938. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good +. Dust Jacket Condition: Slipcases. Color Lithographs Ad B/W Illustrations By Barnett Freedman (illustrator). First Edition Thus. Complete Six Volume Limited Edition In Two Publisher's Slipcases, One Of 1500 Copies Signed By The Illustrator. Illustrated With Lithographic Color Endpapers And Plates, And Many B/W Illustrations And Vignettes. All Volumes With Just A Touch Of Rubbing And Fading To Spines, Which Also Have A Few Faint Splash Marks; No Names Or Marks Or Stains, Hinges Tight, Slipcases Intact With Slight Wear, Slipcase Paper Labels Intact And Clean With Just A Few Minute Nicks At Edges. International Postage About $70, Less To Canada. Signed by Illustrator(s). Bookseller Inventory # 027407

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Tolstoy, Leo

Published by Franklin Library, Franklin Center, Pennsylvania (1981)

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Item Description: Franklin Library, Franklin Center, Pennsylvania, 1981. Hardcover. First Edition; First Printing. Fine, Accented in 22kt gold, printed on archival paper with gilded edges, smyth sewing & concealed muslin joints. Bound In full leather with hubbed spines. Pristine. A Limited Edition.; The Franklin Library Collection The 100 Greatest Books of all Time.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 55383

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Tolstoy, Leo

Published by Easton Press, Norwalk, Connecticut (1981)

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Item Description: Easton Press, Norwalk, Connecticut, 1981. Hardcover. First Edition; First Printing. Fine, Accented in 22kt gold, printed on archival paper with gilded edges, smyth sewing & concealed muslin joints. Bound In full leather with hubbed spines. Pristine. ; 100 Greatest Books Ever Written by Easton Press.; 8vo 8" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 67931

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Item Description: Easton Press, Norwalk, Connecticut, 1981. Hardcover. First Edition; First Printing. Fine, Accented in 22kt gold, printed on archival paper with gilded edges, smyth sewing & concealed muslin joints. Bound In full leather with hubbed spines. Pristine. ; 100 Greatest Books Ever Written; 8vo 8" - 9" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 74839

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Item Description: Folio Society, 2014. 2 vols., 8vo., First Edition thus, with coloured frontispieces and 28 coloured illustrations; pictorial cloth (red/yellow respectively), black buckram backstrips lettered in gilt and red, red tops, a fine copy in publisher's board slip-case. Bookseller Inventory # 25688

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Leo Tolstoy

Published by Easton Press, Norwalk, Connecticut (1981)

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Item Description: Easton Press, Norwalk, Connecticut, 1981. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1st Edition. 12mo - over 6¾ - 7¾" tall. 1981 New Book in manufacturer's original shrink wrap, First Edition, Pristine condition, "100 Greatest Books Ever Written", the book has full burgundy genuine leather boards accented in 22 KT Gold designs on the front and back and spine, 22 KT gold title and author on the spine, concealed muslin joints, four ribs on the spine, Smyth Sewing, Silk Moire end pages, sewn in silk marker, Archival paper, 1035 pages with 22 KT gold on all page ends. Bookseller Inventory # 004127

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